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** Cliffhanger Alert!! **
Returning to active duty after a horrific car wreck that took the life of Agent Aidan Talley’s husband, Gabe, and his FBI partner, Tom, Aidan is getting a new partner: Jameson “Whiskey” Walker, a former basketball superstar who now works for the FBI as a Cyber Crimes genius.
The two are being paired up for several reasons, and proceed to look into a couple of cases – new and old. The biggest mystery of the story may be who gave Aidan’s sister-in-law, and boss, a flash drive with information that makes it seem like his accident wasn’t accidental at all.
Additionally, Aidan is attracted to Walker, but the guilt of wanting someone so soon after his husband’s death weighs on him. There’s a whole will-they-won’t-they thread with some delicious UST that works throughout the story, but Aidan needs to see what’s in front of him and not keep clinging to the past in order to move towards personal happiness.
The story itself had a few hiccups for me…I’m obviously not an FBI agent, but the way the two approached both the case and the looking into Aidan’s crash, required an enormous suspension of disbelief. I find it hard to buy that a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and a veteran agent would go so far off reservation, but that’s why this is fiction.
The real jewel for me was Tristan James’ narration. He absolutely brings out the honeyed tones of Aidan’s slightly Irish (and more heavily Irish when he’s emotional) accent and Whiskey Walker’s warm southern accent. There are a lot of characters here and James provides everyone with easily distinguishable character voices that are easy to follow along and listen to. Tristan James brings out all the nuances of accents and his inflection in tone and pacing is wonderful. It makes this an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Suspension of disbelief aside, it was entertaining (primarily due to the narration), but ends with a pretty large cliffhanger, necessitating moving on to book two (especially the audio) to get some closure.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It took me a minute to get into the story but the characters really came to life. Aidan and Jamie were great, fell in love with Mel, wish I'd gotten more of her actually.
Honestly overall, it was a really solid and enjoyable book. Well read and the voices were distinct. The sex scene was good and not over the top.
The only weird thing to me was the amount of food descriptions... seriously these boys eat more than anyone in a book I've ever read or listened too. That and how many times they describe each other's looks, after the first time it's like, I got it, you think each other are beautiful.
But, the relationship isn't forced and it's honestly a very good story. The family love, romantic love, all of it was emotional and well written. I definitely plan on getting the next book in the series.